I had the pleasure of spending 3 nights at Five Pine Lodge recently. Upon arrival, around 4:30 PM, I noticed A LOT of activity on the property which concerned me immediately since I was there for a sort of quiet retreat. By activity, I mean trucks arriving and departing, a fork lift bringing something up on a roof, equipment all around & men swinging hammers. RED FLAG! Turns out, there is a ton of new construction going on including a brewery and a restaurant. So I was more than a little concerned about noise levels, especially in the morning. My fears were confirmed when I took a look in my room to see what effect what this might have by staying in the Lodge. There was a trailer parked right outside the window blocking any view I might have had. I went immediately out to the front desk and nicely voiced my complaint. The young man there was very quick to upgrade me to a Classic Cottage over in the far corner of the property (actually, he gave me a choice of locations) and this was an ideal solution.
These brand new cottages are very Pacific Northwest Craftsman style, situated in a semi- circle behind the main lodge, Conference Center, Athletic Center, Shibui Spa and the Sisters Movie House (more about that later). The smaller (Classic) in the back row have a view out to the pine forest behind. The larger ones are in the front row that face the road (although all are set back somewhat from the highway).
Outside, the cottages are sort of like small wooden condos with little front porches. Each has a little deck somewhere with adirondack chairs to utilize in warmer weather and the way they are built allows some privacy. I did not like the see through window in the door, though. Being that I was there alone, it kind of gave me the creeps, especially at night, that anyone could look inside. And indeed, one morning the maid looked through the window while I was standing there in my underwear!
Beautifully designed inside using natural materials with an arts and crafts/asian asthetic. Through the front door, there's a wide entry leading past the wet bar (w/ small fridge), bathroom, then on into the main room where there is a very nicely appointed king bed (abundance of blankets and pillows), a big fireplace and plasma tv with 2 big leather and oak chairs facing them. The Craftsman style Amish made oak furniture and wood floors with area rugs throughout make it seem extremely homey and warm. Stained glass lamps and lighting add to the style, although the lighting seemed a bit dim.
The bathroom is terrific. I LOVED soaking in the giant tub while watching old movies through the open wood shuttered window. They have their own aquifier, the water is pure and abundant, so no guilt about using so much water to take a self indulgent bath every day.
The cottage was spotlessly clean and very quiet. All I heard was the wind blowing through the pines. Of course, aside from the construction, there weren't very many people there in January.
There were 2 aspects that I especially enjoyed during my stay. Shibui Spa and Sisters Movie House. Cabin 21 was literally a 1 minute walk to the theater which has first run, top grade films, not the cheaper fare. I saw 2 films I had been eager to see and would have gone for a 3rd had I not had other plans one night. Before each screening, the audience is welcomed and asked to share any problems or concerns with comfort, sound or anything else. How refreshing!!! You can order a light meal and have it served to you in your seat if you get there too late to eat at the cafe. Also, during adult oriented screenings, you can take your beer (or wine, I think) into the theater with you.
Shibui Spa is one of my favorites and is a short walk from the cabins down a paved path. I have been there before and was looking forward to a return visit. I was not disappointed. Calm and relaxing is the priority here and it's felt the moment you step through the spa doors. I had a scrub/massage one day and a facial and pedicure the next. I also took full advantage of the sauna and whirlpool. Ahhhhhhh.............
The only thing missing was the ability to eat somewhere close. I didn't have a car and the weather was not nice enough to walk into town. I had someone take me to the health food store in town to pick up a few things to eat to see me through before I checked in, so I was okay, but would have preferred a nice place to sit and have a good meal. This is being remedied with the addition of the brewery and a restaurant coming soon (separate places).
The price is great for what you get (even without a free upgrade, the cabins are only $10 more a night and I would have paid it) and I would not hesitate to come back for another stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adventure by day, Romance by night! Take advantage of all that Central Oregon has to offer and enjoy shopping, mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, fishing, golfing and so much more. Our unique 10 acre property has a world class spa, one-of-a-kind cabins, deluxe lodge suites, an outdoor heated pool in the summer months. All room types include over-sized waterfall tubs, kid bed, fireplace, Amish furniture, 49" or 65" LED TV, DVD, Wi-Fi. Complimentary wine/ beer reception every evening! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Five Pine Lodge And Spa
- Five Pine Hotel Sisters
- 5 Pine Lodge & Spa
- Five Pine Lodge & Spa Sisters, Oregon